Each year during Anti-Poverty Week, Anglicare Australia releases a set of essays from across the Anglicare network that reflect on what we know from our work with people on the margins of society, under the banner of our flagship publication, the State of the Family report.
Anglicare Australia’s 13th State of the Family report, Paying Attention, explores how agencies respond in new ways to the needs of their clients - people in poverty and hardship, and in answering that question, the importance of their mission as the base of that relationship.
Working with thoughtfulness, drawing on a faith base, walking alongside those in need, including the excluded, investing in people when there is no guarantee of any return on that investment—these are the strengths that emerge in Anglicare organisations.
Evidence suggests that any number of people can find a purpose and health in their life if they get the support when they need it. But many of the programs our essayists describe, for fathers who are prisoners in gaol for example, or personal health plans for people living with drug issues or mental ill health, have no guarantee of success. They come into effect because the agencies that deliver them have a purpose, a commitment, rather than because these are the people who “deserve” it.
As social services are changing right across Australia, this publication is a reminder that we are all in it together. And that building those services on the recognition of our common humanity benefits us all.